# 94 ivo - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Swiss (Dino)
    • 18.12.07 | 22:24 (IST)

    Hi ivo, your objections are indeed (very) valid ones, but you know what, things have changed quite a bit over the past year: Of course Hamas would not disappear all of a sudden, if a viable Palestinian state would be established in the West Bank. But their tactical abilities have very much diminished recently: While they have gained strength in Gaza, they have lost a lot of influence on the West Bank, which would make it extremely hard to impossible for them to keep on launching (suicide) attacks from there against Israel. Now, of course there would still be the (rocket) problem in Gaza. And here I must say that I just can't understand why through all those years Israel has taken none or if then only very limited steps to prevent the weapon-smuggling into Gaza. If Israel can't do it alone, then the West should put enough pressure on Egypt to improve their efforts. That would be an effective way to win peace, but not the old (incursion) story again and again.

    from the article: A Vietnam called Gaza
    First published 00:00 18.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 17.12.07
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